Comparison of Drying Methods
Pocket-folders filled with documents were wet and dried. The item on the upper right was returned with items removed from the pockets and inserted as a single grouping within the folder. Original order was disrupted and lost.
This juxtaposition of dried records illustrates the degree of distortion that occurred in the methods considered. Equal numbers of printed forms from 1960’s machine-made card stock with pen and pencil entries were set side-by-side. Vacuum freeze-drying processes produced the least distortion followed by air-drying. Dehumidification drying performed by a vendor off-site and on-site yielded records with the greatest increase in volume and cockling.